Way Elementary School

Belief sets are at play in every school. Some refer to it as a vision, others to a mission. Setting aside outdated educational practices of the past, at Way Elementary we nurture a culture of thinking and compassion by embracing the Visible Thinking framework.

In This We Believe at Way Elementary

  • Focusing students on the learning vs. the work
  • Teaching for understanding vs. mere knowledge
  • Encouraging deep vs. surface learning strategies
  • Promoting independence vs. dependence
  • Developing a growth vs. fixed mindset

Want to learn more? Please feel free to contact us for an appointment and tour.

Our job is not to make up anybody's mind, but to open minds and to make the agony of the decision making so intense you can escape only by thinking. - Fred Friendly

A Window Into Way

Visible Thinking Program at Michigan School

Making Our Thinking Visible

It is often difficult to comprehend the extensive amount of thinking, learning, and understanding that is taking place inside your child’s classroom each and every day. A Window Into Way will provide you with snapshots of learning opportunities students are engaged in; experiences in which thinking is valued, visible and actively promoted. By making student’s thinking visible, we can better understand how our students are learning as well as their depth of understanding. Enjoy!


First Grade

Second Grade

Third Grade

Fourth Grade


Way News March 24, 2017

Dear Way Families,

Please take a moment to read the PARENT LETTER from State Superintendent Brian Whiston concerning M-STEP testing that will begin soon after our upcoming break. Please note that M-STEP testing at Way begins in grade 3.

Looks like we're in for a wet weekend. Stay dry and enjoy your family time.

Adam Scher


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Vision Screening

Vision Screening will be held on March 29, 30 & 31 for Way Elementary students in first and third grades.

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Morning Drop Off

Way's doors open up at 8:50 a.m. each day. If you are dropping off your child as opposed to the bus, please do not drop off before 8:50 a.m. as staff coverage begins at that time. Instruction begins at 9:05 a.m. As a reminder, the front circle is for our buses only. Parents driving their child to school must use the car drop off line. If you would like to walk your child into the building, please park in the side lot. The safety of our families is a top priority.

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Interested in a tour?

Please fill out the tour request form here or call 248.341.6328.

Each student has a unique set of interests and it is likely you will have questions you would like to ask privately. For these reasons and others, we offer personalized tours of Bloomfield Hills Schools.

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BHS Foundation

Dear Way Families,

I hope you are aware of our BHS Foundation's Annual Giving Campaign--We're All In.

The Foundation raises private dollars to fund initiatives that enrich educational experiences for our students.

Way has received many grants from the BHSF. These grants have allowed us to offer innovative and inspirational programs for our students.

Way grant highlights include:

  • Smart Music (Computerized MusicProgram)
  • Hey! That Looks Like Me! (Multi-cultural Literature)
  • S'Cool Moves (Physical Movement Program Supporting Academic Achievement)
  • Easy Sharing (Green Screen and 4 iPad Holders)
  • Geometry Program using Magna-Tiles
  • Artful Literacy (A Library Featuring Books on Art)
  • Inspiration, Investigation, Innovation (Work space for Science, Robotics, Camp Google and more)

The Foundation has also funded district-wide initiatives that impact Way such as staff development speakers, diversity initiatives, robotics equipment and more. For a complete list of grants, visit

Please consider a donation during this annual giving campaign. If 50% of our families give, we can win a $350 unrestricted grant. We might even win a $1000 grant!

Contributions can be made at

I'm In. I hope you are too.

Adam Scher


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  • Gymnastics - Gym (Jan. 23-May 22) No class Feb. 20 or Apr. 17
  • Little Veterinary School - Room 31 (Mar. 13-May 1) No class April 17
  • Weird Science - Art Room (March 13 Make-up Class)


  • Floor Hockey - Gym (Feb. 28-Apr. 25) No class Mar. 21, Apr. 4 & 18)
  • Girls on the Run - Blacktop & Room 12 (Mar 14-May 23) No class April 4 & 18


  • Basketball - Gym (Mar. 8-Apr. 26) No class April 4 & 19
  • Math Pentathlon K/1 - Rooms 19, 24, 26 & 31 (Jan. 11-April 26) No class Mar. 8, Apr. 5 & Apr. 19


  • Chess Wizards - Room 19 (Jan. 19-Mar. 23 + April 13 Make-up Class) No class Feb. 23
  • Math Pentathlon 4/5 - Room 26 (Jan 12-April 13) No class Feb. 23 & Apr. 6
  • Musical Theater - Gym (Jan. 19-Mar. 30) No class Feb. 23


  • Girls on the Run - Blacktop & Room 12 (Mar. 17-May 26) No class Mar. 31, Apr 7 & 14, May 26
  • Lego Challenge - Room 23 (Jan. 20-Mar. 17) + Make-up Class Mar. 24) No class Jan. 27
  • Math Pentathlon 2/3 - Rooms 26 & 31 (Jan. 13-Apr. 21) No class Jan. 27, Mar. 31, April 7 & April 14


Way Elementary
765 West Long Lake Road
Bloomfield Hills, MI 48302


*Attendance: 248.341.7810
*(Includes early dismissals, late arrivals, absences and vacations)

Adam Scher, Principal

Elaine Bosin, Secretary

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Class 9:05 a.m. - 3:55 p.m.
Half Days 12:20 p.m. Dismissal

7:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.
3:55 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Office 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Bus Hotline:248.341.6296 @BHSBuses

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